What is a plat?

A plat is a scaled drawing prepared by a land surveyor showing the location and boundaries of individual tracts to be developed. 

The plat must comply with local platting and subdivision regulations that are adopted in accordance with State law. The plat must also comply with the general rules and procedures and practices of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors. After review by various departments and local utility companies and after all necessary changes are made to the plat by the land surveyor, the plat is considered for final approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The plat is then officially recorded in the deed records of the county in which the platted property is located.

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